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Re: Flotilla sailing with Sunsail

Flotilla chartering for your very first time as a skipper or in unknown waters is a plausible option and SUNSAIL is a major player and pace setter in the field. Needless to add that I have a first-hand experience when I switched from day sailing into week-long cruising a decade ago and I don't regret I have done so. It has to do with confidence building, not years of sea experience.
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Re: Flotilla sailing with Sunsail

We just returned from our 1st Flotilla vacation. It was awesome.... My wife and son enjoyed it as much as I did. We had perfect weather for the entire week expect for a squall that just added excitment to our trip... Can't wait to go back!
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Re: Flotilla sailing with Sunsail

Pictures and a more extensive trip summary/blog would be great... Hoping to this same trip (w/ flotilla) next spring.
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Re: Flotilla sailing with Sunsail

We just returned from a Sunsail BVI flotilla. Would highly recommend it for first-time charterers. There are cheaper ways to charter but the flotilla really lowered the anxiety level for all concerned and the local knowledge was very helpful. Pleased to report that, as I hoped, the wife had a great time and is already talking about "next time." Here are a couple of my favorite pics.
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Re: Flotilla sailing with Sunsail

Great comments, great news. We will also be doing a SunSail Flotilla in April 2013. Have been sailing a 26ft C&C for 1 year now with approx 400 nm under our belt. Because we took the Basic keelboat with another provider, we will be challenging the ASA 101, then taken the ASA 103, and ASA 104 prior to our Flotilla. In total will be around the Island for approx 26 days. Can't wait
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Re: Flotilla sailing with Sunsail

so glad it worked out for you. Flotilla really is a great thing for first-time charterers, and your experience confirms that.
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Re: Flotilla sailing with Sunsail

Just put in my vacation at work for next year... Now I have to just booked the trip haha
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Re: Flotilla sailing with Sunsail

flotilla all the way
learn about the boat get comfortable sailing leave together am and meet at night
otherwise you are on your own can call all youlike for questions
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Re: Flotilla sailing with Sunsail

I didn't even know a flotilla was an option. Thanks for giving me one more option when it comes to getting out on the water.

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Re: Flotilla sailing with Sunsail

Another option that is available is a Capt for hire. Typically if one knows how to sail but has some anxiety about navigating, anchoring, mooring etc. one can get a skipper for a couple of days to build confidence before heading out on their own. As stated, BVI navigation is line of sight with very few hazards. If after a day or two there is still some desire for further assistance you can generally keep the Capt longer. I'm pretty sure all of the various charter companies can set you up if that option is of interest.
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